Since 2008

jonCates makes, organizes and teaches experimental New Media Art. His projects have been presented internationally at various events in locations such as Beijing, Madrid and Mexico City; nationally in Chicago, New York and Boston and are widely distributed online. Art Games, experimental Machinima, Computer Witchcraft, digitalPunk and Noise music are some of the unstable categories that his work playfully moves through.
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Open Channel: Chicago Electronic

Thu Jun 10, 2010 00:00 - Tue Jun 01, 2010

below is info/an invite to a new event in Chicago organized by Liz Knight called:

Open Channel: Chicago Electronic "Open Mic"

chex it out!
// jonCates
Upgrade! Chicago co-organizer

Open Channel: Chicago Electronic "Open Mic"
Jun 10 Thu 7:00 PM
@ Multikulti
1000 N Milwaukee Ave, 4th Floor
Chicago, IL 60647
$5.00 per person

Sort of like it's analog cousin, Open Channel is an non-curated musician's showcase in a supportive, relaxed environment, except it showcases electronic music, either through DJing or Live PAs. You will get 20 minutes to show off what you do musically, and then listen to other people doing the same thing.

There are 12 slots open. The first 12 people who RSVP and pay will be guaranteed a slot. Playing order will be determined on the date of the performance.

You are also absolutely welcome to bring friends, or just come as a spectator! There is a suggested donation of $5.


* You will be plugging in to an open channel on the mixer with one RCA cable from your gear. We will have 3 people set up on the table and then use the mixer to fade between people when they are ready to go, without dead air. Please try to stick to the 20 minute limit so everyone gets a chance to play.

* There are no monitors, but the room is not huge and the space is carpeted.

* Please note that there is not a lot of room at the front of house, so try to keep your gear footprint to the smallest you can manage (ie: there is no room to set up a full drum kit, so don't bring it). The ideal setup would be a laptop plus one or two pieces of outboard gear / MIDI controllers.

* There are CD turntables at the space already. We could arrange record turntables, or you can bring yours if you need them.

Scroll to MULTIKULTI on the call box to get buzzed in and go up to the 4th floor. The space is an art + media collective and gallery. BYOB.


on Critical Glitch Artware && the demoscene

hi curt

as usual i am curious as to what you mean: creativity is or as the art of forgetting your sources? art as the act of forgetting sources? willful amnesia +/or accidental erasure? filtering? bookmarking? searching? query fielding? ahistorical approaches? or critical glitch studies? or hyperthreaded media art hystories?

// jonCates
Critical Glitch Artware organizer/artist


on Critical Glitch Artware && the demoscene

Rosa Menkman has just written an essay, Entropic elasticity: Critical Glitch Artware && the demoscene, which is now featured on Furtherfield + that offers another (interwoven) set of perspectives on the demoscene, glitchscenes + artists involvement in/wit those scenes:


the essay is based on an interview wit Critical Artware + discusses our recent work in/@ Blockparty (the largest running North American demoparty) + Notacon (an art and technology conference which has hosted Blockparty)

we're curious to hear from those of you on Rhizome who are following/interested/involved in these discourses

looking fwd

// jonCates
Critical Glitch Artware organizer/artist


Kurt Hentschläger presents @ Upgrade! Chicago

Tue May 11, 2010 00:00 - Wed May 05, 2010


Kurt Hentschläger presents @ Upgrade! Chicago Tuesday May 11, 7 PM FREE!

Internationally recognized Austrian artist Kurt Hentschläger creates large-scale performances and immersive environments reflecting on the metaphor of the sublime and the human condition. Working with video, computer animation and sound since 1983, Hentschläger was also a founding member of the the duo Granular-Synthesis. Granular-Synthesis created massive events which literally overwhelmed audiences with intensely processed digital video and soundscapes, confronting viewers on both a physical and emotional level from 1992 and 2003. His current solo work further researches the nature of human perception and the accelerated impact of new technologies on both individual and collective consciousness. He has represented Austria at the 2001 Venice Biennial and has shown his work internationally for two decades including presentations, performances and exhibitions at the National Art Museum of China, Beijing; Staedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Creative Time, New York; The Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna; National Museum for Contemporary Art, Seoul; Ars Electronica Festival, Linz; ICC Inter-Communication-Center, Tokyo, Fondation Beyeler, Basel and the Palacio de Bella Artes, Mexico City.


Upgrade! Chicago is the local Chicago-based node of the international Upgrade! network, an emerging network of autonomous nodes united by art, technology, and a commitment to bridging cultural divides. Its decentralized, non-hierarchical structure ensures that Upgrade! (i) operates according to local interests and their available resources; and (ii) reflects current creative engagement with cutting edge technologies. Upgrade! Chicago presents new media projects, engages in informal critique, and fosters dialogue and collaboration between individual artists. Upgrade! International functions as an online, global network that gathers annually in different cities to meet one another, showcase local art, and work on the agenda for the following year.


Upgrade! Chicago meets every 2nd Tuesday of the month @ The Nightingale 1084 N. Milwuakee, Chicago, IL 60642

The Nightingale is a rough and ready microcinema dedicated to screening emerging work across film, video, and new media genres and aims to support Chicago vibrant cinema community.